Albums Out Today: Guided by Voices, Busta Rhymes, Spector, Feeling Figures

    In this segment, we showcase the most notable albums out each week. Here are the albums out on November 24, 2023:

    Guided by Voices, Nowhere to Go But Up

    Guided by Voices have released Nowhere to Go But Up, their third album of 2023 and 39th overall, via GBV Inc. Following January’s La La Land and July’s Welshpool Frillies, the 11-song LP was previewed by the singles ‘The Race Is On, The King Is Dead’ and ‘For the Home’. Earlier this year, Guided by Voices celebrated their 40th anniversary with a two-day festival in their hometown of Dayton, OH featuring Dinosaur Jr, Built to Spill, Wednesday, and more.

    Busta Rhymes, Blockbusta

    Busta Rhymes has put out his 11th studio album, Blockbusta. Pharrell Williams, Timbaland, and Swizz Beatz serve as executive producers on the follow-up to 2020’s Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath of God, which featured guest appearances from Mariah Carey, Q-Tip, and Kendrick Lamar. “This project right here is executive produced by the fucking committee,” Swizzy said in a video announcing the album. “Pharrell the Pharaoh, Timbo the King, Swizz Beatz the student.” “I’m so grateful that you chose me to be a part of your legacy,” Timbaland told the MC, and Pharrell added: “You really feel illuminated. This illumination is good because I think people gon’ be able to get and feel that.”

    Spector, Here Come the Early Nights

    Spector have followed up 2022’s Now or Whenever with a new LP, Here Come the Early Nights. “It feels like a slightly more reflective record than the last one, and maybe it’s the fewest love songs we’ve ever had on an album, despite the songs being written with more love,” the band’s Fred Macpherson said in a statement. “As ever, there are lyrics dealing with the tenets of getting older (which is funny because I thought I was old when we were writing ‘Enjoy It While It Lasts’) like hair loss, (Not Another Weekend), moving house (Room with a Different View) and not being able to go clubbing with a baby (Here Come the Early Nights) it also deals with a few slightly more abstract concepts, from imagined phone calls with a friend who doesn’t pick up (Some People) to the missing Raphael painting Portrait of a Young Man (Pressure).”

    Feeling Figures, Migration Magic 

    Migration Magic is the first LP from Feeling Figures, the Montreal DIY band featuring the songwriting duo of Zakary Slax and Kay Moon, Thomas Molander on drums, and Joe Chamandy on bass. Released on K Records, the album follows their 2021 debut 7″ and was recorded across two nights in December 2022, bringing together new compositions and material from Slax and Moon’s back-catalogs and rounding it out with two covers.

    Other albums out today:

    Ingri Høyland, Ode to Stone; Ghost Woman, Hindsight is 50​/​50; Take That, This Life; Kamaiyah, Another Summer Night; Biosphere, Inland Delta; Czarface, Czartificial Intelligence; Apashe, Antagonist; Mikael Tobias, As Breath; Animal Math, Blinker the Star; Smile High, The Vibetape; Joe Jackson, Mr. Joe Jackson Presents: Max Champion in ‘What A Racket!’; AViVA, HATE 2 LUV U; Richie Culver, Scream If You Don’t Exist.

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